Crawley boxer Lucy Harris admitted she had relished her first taste of BUCS National competition after coming away from Sheffield with a silver medal to her name.
Harris narrowly lost a split decision to Coventry’s Vicky Lewis in the final of the women’s novice 54-57 kg category at Ponds Forge on Friday.
But despite falling at the final hurdle, there was still plenty for the 21-year-old Oxford University student to shout about, having only taken up boxing a year ago.
Since first donning the gloves at Crawley Amateur Boxing Club Harris has fallen in love with the sport and insists she has learned a lot from her first BUCS outing despite missing out on gold.
“I didn’t know if I was winning or losing throughout the bout and I think the scorecards at the end reflect that,” she said.
“But my opponent is a really nice girl and a good fighter, so all credit to her.
“It was a really good fight and it gives me a lot of confidence moving forward that I can keep getting better.”
The BUCS Nationals are the UK’s largest annual multi-sport event with the 2015 edition seeing 6,000 athletes descend on the Steel City over the weekend, with Harris not the only Crawley athlete to shine.
Fellow Crawley Amateur Boxing Club’s Hayden Bulloch was another who just missed out on gold after losing his Brighton University grudge match against Lee Jenkins.
Bulloch, 19, lost a unanimous decision in the men’s open 69-75kg final and believes it was a lack of fitness that let him down.
“I thought it was a pretty decent performance from me out there – I clearly won the first round but I blew out in the last two rounds,” said Bulloch.
“I fought Lee a couple of weeks ago and the same thing happened – he’s a really strong, come-forward fighter and I lost a split decision.
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